Past conferences- access to conference information

At the heart of a heartless system, the new student experience?

23rd Feb 2012 - SRHE, Collier Street, London, UK

A one-day SEN seminar discussing partnerships, relationships and generations organised by the Society for Research into Higher Education.

Panel members included:

· Sarah Howls - Head of Widening Participation, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

· Debbie McVitty - Research and Policy Officer (Postgraduates), National Union of Students

· Dr Penelope Griffin - Policy Lead, Bridge Group and Head of Widening Participation at the University of Nottingham

· Dr Sharon Ding - Dean and Director of Studies, Faculty of Education and Language Studies, Open University

The powerpoint presentations for the above event can now be found on-line at

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The 4th National Transition Conference (UK)

11th May 2012 - University College London, London, UK

Conference Theme:
The student experience is changing. With a financial and policy landscape that is still in evolution, practitioners and teachers in higher education and schools are adapting fast to an altered set of student expectations and institutional priorities.

Who was it for?
This conference was aimed at staff in higher education institutions, schools, colleges, local authorities and national networks that are involved in supporting learners in making educational transitions, in particular to higher education.

Topics: Peer Mentoring , Peer Assisted Learning , Induction, E-learning, E-induction, Academic Skills Workshops/Resource Development, Widening Participation and Transition, Teaching and Learning to support Transition , Pre-enrolment support and engagement.

Papers from the 2012 conference can be found at:

Higher Education Academy (HEA) Annual Conference 2012, The University of Manchester (UK)

3rd-4th Jul 2012 - Manchester, UK

The title for the 8th Annual Conference of the Higher Education Academy is “Great Expectations – are you ready?”. Higher education is undergoing transformational change throughout the UK and although policies may be diverging amongst the four nations, the principle of students being central is shared. Their expectations of their course, institution and learning experience are rising. Staff and Institutions have their own aims and expectations too. There are three main strands: Student expectations and the learning experience; Supporting staff to deliver student learning experiences of a lifetime; Institutional adaptability. For further access to conference videos go to:

Bricks, Bed & Higher Education: The Transformation of Student Accommodation in Britain (UK)

18th Oct 2012 - Central London, UK

The last thirty years have seen a remarkable transformation in student accommodation within the Higher Education sector. This has sharpened in the last decade with 'traditional' Halls of Residences being replaced by Accommodation Blocks and Student Villages, often built under Public-Private Partnerships.This SRHE SEN one-day event brings together architects, human geographers and HE academics to discuss what has happened, its wider implications, and its possible futures.
Presentations can be found at:

Improving provision for care leavers - implementing the Care Leaver Covenant and local offers and the transition into further education and employment (UK)

9th Jan 2020 - Central London, UK

The agenda
Areas for discussion include:
•         Policy priorities for supporting care leavers;
•         Implementation of local offers, funding for local authorities and developing effective partnerships;
•         Progress in implementing key measures for supporting young people leaving care - the care leaver covenant, social impact bonds and raising attainment in higher education;
•         Inspecting the standard of support for care leavers; and
•         Case studies in improving outcomes for care leavers - transition to further and higher education, supporting care leavers into work and ensuring effective support is available until 25.
The Care Leaver Covenant
With more than 50 employers, charities and all central government departments committing to the Covenant, delegates will assess progress made in its implementation and how to ensure young people are aware of and take up the opportunities it offers.

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